A view on Fishing,Community and Life on the NW coast of Scotland

Tuesday for a day off it was certainly fulfilling. Woke up at five with the intention of going to catch a few prawns but very quickly persuaded myself I needed a day off, next, woke up at nine. The reason for the planned early start was we were set for meeting up with John Finnie MSP https://www.facebook.com/JohnFinnieMsp and standing for the Greens as List MSP at the next election.


First had to send off an email with thoughts on the hydro and another meeting for Wednesday night for the Board. Not really sure how long one can pack in so much but until it gets done there is no option. So it was on the bike and off up the road to the Walled Garden with Dougal and Eilidh. Made it as far as the Fire Station before being caught up by a poorly Boss. Judith to add to her woes has now developed a pretty severe allergy to her antibiotics so is not in the best of shape. Worked last night after checking out in the morning and hauling 250 pots. Do not feel so bad about making Tuesday a weekend day. To the Walled Garden and three hours flew by in the company of John. Very like-minded and easy conversation. Have to admit to talking quite a bit but Alison had the first half hour telling John about the Hydro woes, problems, hurdles….trying not to use sweary words in describing what should be a project that should be eased through on both a local and national level. It stands on its own by providing the community with income, it will provide renewable energy and it reduces the carbon footprint and CO2 emissions. What is not to like? You would think everything, if our road is anything to go by. So it was my turn to rabbit on about the fishing and its problems. This burst of good catches does not disguise a general trend downwards for me and I had a very attentive audience. No topic was left out from Range expansion, Trident, Climate Change, culture, heritage and even a bit of religion. Will be a good and helpful contact if elected to the Scottish parliament next year. Going home by Camusteel and the shop, stopped to watch Kenny


giving Ali


a hand shearing his ewes. Dougal expressed an interest in the proceedings but was not allowed to join in of course.


Noticed on Monday that Raghu Dixit https://www.facebook.com/theraghudixitproject?fref=ts were playing at the Aros Centre on Tuesday evening and thought “might as well”. Bit showery on the way and the view above Kishorn looking east often catches the eye. Layer after layer of beautiful green and Scottish mountains.


Contrast to the colour I was going to see to later.



Did not stop to think as then I would not have gone on a four-hour round trip to hear, an admittedly amazing, Indian band.


So glad I did not stop to think and, like the Mairi Campbell experience,  it was so worth it. As I walked in I was recognised by a lady all dressed up in her sari and although not at first recognised her from the Inn last winter. She knew she knew me but I had to tell her where.


Tables turned when I usually ask.  Chris, Amena (spelling probably wrong) partner is one of the directors of Skye Sea Salt and they had been over at the Inn last winter. The gig was simply brilliant and not only takes your mind off the stress of the Hydro but the stories and music were awesome.


With the music to back up the intros about egos, beautiful people and nature and actually looking around and seeing a beautiful world amongst all the chaos we create as humans, it was so easy to connect with what was happening on the stage and put everything in perspective.


With the new cd playing on the way home it took no time at all to be heading down the Bealach and home. On the way home while passing stags, mountain hares and hedgehogs I realised it was a day of colours, from the Green of John’s party to the bright colours of Bangalore.

Before I made my way to Skye I happened upon Mhairi Black’s brilliant maiden speech in Parliament.http://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/aa555458-25d4-4125-96ca-c4c9f834cd4c?in=15:06:05&out=15:14:39 there was some thing in it that reminded me of the 1974 Jimmy Reid speech given to the shipbuilders. Although not so long it said so much about her place, herself and her passion. No wonder they clapped. Some one said at the Inn that clapping was just not on and was only for winding up the south. I would have struggled not to applaud, indeed I was showing just that when I was at the Raghu Dixit gig. Maybe the HoC is really just so out of touch. This has been seen by an astonishing 6.5 million people so far.

As well as this I managed a look at a video showing the recovery in Lamlash Bay https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsDJl5aqEWc&feature=youtu.be  Says a lot about the current outrage the SFF are displaying over the implementation of the MPAs.

And the fishing goes on,


quiet week so far and tomorrow bodes well to get round all the gear which is just as well as the langoustines are going out as quickly as they are coming ashore. Not wall to wall sunshine but very pleasant scenes and calm with the gannets back in


alongside the bonxies.


Has a couple of appreciative passengers today from West Linton. Plenty for them to see and they took delight in the increased octopi which came on board.


Fishing still holding up although had to haul 300 for a decent catch for the Inn.


The Inn is as busy as ever on most shifts with a stream of interesting people coming through, the blue crab fisherman from Maryland to the French disliking Swiss couple, we have them all and certainly as far as I know they all leave with fair amount of contentment. Judith is slowly improving although her allergy is still hanging about, and the Hydro is still in there. Development and decisions still await legals getting together to sort out final financials.


Comments on: "Colours and Sounds from The Walled Garden to Bangalore." (5)

  1. Anne Byars, Glasgow said:

    Ali, I love your blog. It’s 2 years since we stayed at the Inn on our way to Orkney. Orkney again this year, but sadly not Applecross. Your photos are stunning. Phone or camera? Hope Judith feels better soon.

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Maybe next year and Judith is on the mend. Thanks for the heads up on the blog, appreciated.

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Sorry meant to say, a good second hand camera bought from Jack and it badly needs cleaned as it goes fishing with me. A cannon mk111

  2. i agree Mairi Blacks maiden speech was so motivating and raw it put hairs on the back of my neck She reminded me of the Labour mp, well are rather younger Version of Barbara Castle if she was here in Middleton manchester we would vote for her hands down. What a bright and well informed young woman . Liz ( Ceol Na Mara)

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Yep it was quite special. Whatever it is she has bags of it. She has just graduated with a first in politics, but she is a lot more than that. I like the attempt to be inclusive which is alien for parts of the Central Belt.

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